Slain Reporter's Dad Delivers Heartbreaking Appeal for Gun Safety on Fox News

August 26th 2015

Kyle Jaeger

The father of Alison Parker, one of the two journalists killed in a Virginia shooting, appeared on Fox News on Wednesday evening, expressing deep sorrow over the loss of his daughter and making an impassioned plea for gun reform in America.

Parker and her co-worker at WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, were allegedly killed by a disgruntled former employee, Vester Lee Flanagan, early Wednesday morning during a live broadcast. Flanagan later shot himself and died in a hospital following a police chase.

Andy Parker spoke to Fox News host Megyn Kelly about the tragedy, and though he described his daughter's life as one marked by success, love, and fulfillment, he also made a heartfelt call for gun legislation that would ensure that the risk of these shooting incidents is reduced.

"We've got to do something about crazy people getting guns. I know that this is the news business, but next week this isn't going to be a story and everybody is going to forget it," Parker said, collecting himself only hours after his daughter was killed.

"Mark my words... I'm going to do something to shame legislatures into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns," he added.

The victim's father also told Kelly that he spoke to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) earlier on Wednesday and that McAuliffe voiced support for the mission to bring about gun reform legislation in light of this murder. "You go, I'm right there with you," McAuliffe reportedly said.

"This is not the last you've heard of me," Parker stated. "This is something that is Alison's legacy that I want to make happen."

Parker's boyfriend, Chris Hurst, another reporter at WDBJ, appeared next to her father.

"Clearly something went wrong here between him leaving our station and being able to purchase a gun and commit a premeditated act," Hurst said.